Judging the Cover

“Don’t judge a book by its cover,” they say, but I can’t help disagreeing with this phrase…at least in its literal sense.  As an art enthusiast, I enjoy looking at book covers.  A beautiful cover stands out in a shelf and makes me pick it up and explore more about it–the story, the author and of course, the book cover artist.

I am currently reading John Green’s “The Fault in the Stars”.  The book is definitely one of John Green’s bests because of its tragic yet realistic theme (no wonder it was a #1 New York Times bestseller); and its artwork cover did the novel justice…

…and the artist behind it is New York graphic designer, Rodrigo Corral.  You may not be familiar with him but I’m pretty sure you have seen his works on the shelves.  Corral had art directed/designed conspicuous book covers such as  Junot Diaz’s “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and “This is How You Lose Her” (i love this cover), James Frey’s “A Miliiion Little Pieces”, and even the Olsen Twins’ “Influence”.



but what made Rodrigo Corral famous were his book cover artworks for Chuck Palahniuk’s novels.  He has been designing Palahniuk’s book covers since 1999 such as:




















Rant (And also one of my personal favorites)



Tell All

Tell All (pretty typography right there)


His cover designs reflect his creativity and professionalism at the same time.  His design process involve reading the novel several times to get its big idea and then illustrate things that would interpret it.

More of his artwork covers here.

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